A few years have passed since Singapore’s Founding Father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing.
The saddening occasion gave rise to an unprecedented national turnout at the various memorial services around Singapore, and the nation-state’s most iconic Twitter moment to date.
He had steered the country from third world to first, and he plays a huge role in shaping the nation. Let us revisit any words the former Minister Mentor might say to the business leaders and entrepreneurs of today, particularly with the grim economic outlook looming over many sectors.
1. Stick to your guns - tactfully. Do not aim to please everyone.
2. The crowd-pleaser is no leader at all.
3. Embrace your merits, and acknowledge your characteristics.
4. Trials forge leaders - not courses.
5. Embrace change - not your comfort zone.
6. Learn from your competitors, or perish.
7. Risk and failure are part of success.
8. The biggest obstacles are from within.
9. Invest in your staff, they are your business.
10. Do not be afraid to come down hard.
11. Never stop pushing yourself. Rest in peace, Mr Lee.
By Liao Xiangjun & Megan Cheah; This article first appeared on The Peak, March 2016.
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